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No winning tickets drawn for $50 million Lotto Max jackpot

TORONTO — No winning tickets were sold for the $50-million jackpot in Friday night's Lotto Max draw. There were also two MaxMillions prizes of $1-million each up for grabs, and a winning ticket for one of those prizes was sold somewhere in British Columbia. The jackpot for next Friday's Lotto Max will stay at $50-million, but there will be 11 MaxMillions...

RCMP charge two brothers with terrorism related charges

OTTAWA — Two Ottawa brothers have been charged with terrorism related offences. An RCMP statement alleges that Ashton Carleton Larmond and Carlos Larmond, both 24, were planning to leave Canada to engage in terrorist activities abroad. The RCMP say Ashton Larmond is charged with facilitating terrorist activity, participation in the activity of a terrorist group and instructing to carry out activity...

Settlement reached in Lac-Megantic lawsuit to compensate victims

MONTREAL — Victims of the 2013 rail disaster in Lac-Megantic, Que., have reached a major financial settlement with the railway that was at the heart of the deadly tragedy. An American lawyer who worked on the wrongful-death lawsuits said Friday that US$200 million will be distributed in settlement funds to families of those who died as well as other parties...

Uber seeks to have lawsuit filed by Vancouver taxi companies thrown out

VANCOUVER — Uber is asking a B.C. court to throw out a lawsuit filed by four Vancouver-based taxi companies that are attempting to block the ride-sharing service from launching in the city. The taxi companies applied for an injunction in November amid rumours that Uber was about to launch its controversial Uber X service, which allows riders to use a...

Blaney to represent Canada at Sunday unity rally in Paris

OTTAWA — Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney will represent Canada at a unity rally in Paris on Sunday, a show of solidarity in the wake of the terror attacks which rocked France this week. British Prime Minister David Cameron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other European leaders will join French President Francois Hollande at the rally. Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi,...

NDP criticizes government for document listing eight steps on how to brew coffee

REGINA — Saskatchewan's Opposition says a document that gives health workers step-by-step instructions on how to brew a pot of coffee is disrespectful and silly. It's the latest criticism of the government's contract with a U.S. company hired to help streamline health services under a program called Lean. The Opposition has long said the $40-million contract with John Black and Associates...

Duck-helping woman won’t serve prison sentence pending appeals

MONTREAL — A Quebecer who was convicted after two people died when their motorcycle crashed into her car as she helped ducks on a highway has had her prison sentence delayed. Emma Czornobaj was sentenced last month to 90 days in prison on weekends and had her driver's licence withdrawn for 10 years. The Quebec Court of Appeal suspended those provisions...

123-vehicle pileup on snowy interstate kills Cdn trucker in southwest Michigan

GALESBURG, Mich. — Police say a Canadian trucker has died in a 123-vehicle pileup along a snowy Michigan interstate that caused fires on trucks carrying fireworks and acid. Michigan State Police Lt. Rick Pazder says the Friday morning accident killed a trucker from Ottawa — and injured at least 23 people who were taken to hospitals. He says investigators believe most...

Calgary man ‘lucky’ after grazed by stray bullet that went through car door

CALGARY — A Calgary man who was on his way to McDonald's when he was grazed by a stray bullet that went through a car door says he's the luckiest unlucky man alive. Ryan Korderas (kohr-DEHR'-ahs) says he was sitting in the passenger seat of his friend's vehicle when they passed a house where there was large New Year's Eve...

B.C. astronomer gets rare look at binary pulsar before it vanishes for 160 years

A B.C. astronomer helped uncover some of the secrets of a rare and mysterious occupant of our universe — a binary pulsar system — before it disappeared from view for the next 160 years. Ingrid Stairs, a professor of astrophysics and astronomy at the University of British Columbia, spent the last decade examining the system called J1906 with an international...

Donate sign removed from Harper terrorism page to “avoid confusion,” say Tories

OTTAWA — The Conservative Party of Canada has removed a 'Donate Now' button from a web page highlighting Stephen Harper's comments about the deadly Paris terrorist attack after critics called it crass and sickening. The page on the party website, titled Standing Up Against Terrorism, features the prime minister's reaction to the horrific shootings at the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine,...

Canada shies away from joining British-led NATO-UN response force

OTTAWA — Canada has quietly rebuffed a call from Britain to join a multi-national expeditionary force that Prime Minister David Cameron's government was promoting in light of heightened tensions with Russia. Several defence and government sources say there was a determined diplomatic push in the run-up to last fall's NATO summit to get the Harper government to sign on to...

Manitoba aboriginal leader files lawsuit over teacher’s social media comments

WINNIPEG — A Manitoba aboriginal leader's lawsuit against a high school teacher is alleging defamation against an entire race of people. Grand Chief Derek Nepinak of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs is suing Brad Badiuk, a technology teacher at Kelvin High School in Winnipeg, over comments posted on Badiuk's Facebook page. The comments, posted under Badiuk's account, accused First Nations people...

B.C. hot springs warming up after quake left water cold

HOT SPRINGS COVE, B.C. — Natural hot springs on the west coast of Vancouver Island are rebounding after an earthquake left the waters cold. Officials with the Hesquiaht (HESH'-kwit) First Nation noticed hot spring pools in nearby Maquinna Marine Provincial Park were cool on Thursday, a day after the area was rattled by an earthquake. But tribal administrator Bob Anderson says...

Dial-a-dope is dopey dial when accused calls RCMP with offer to buy marijuana

VANCOUVER — You've heard of dial-a-dope operations? A recent arrest in North Vancouver, B.C., might be called a dope-a-dial disaster — at least for the caller. RCMP say a Mountie received a misdialed call on his cell phone from a man offering to sell him marijuana. The officer arranged to make the purchase at a certain location, and police later made...

Dalhousie University announces more penalties in Facebook dentistry scandal

HALIFAX — Dalhousie University says the 13 dentistry students who were allegedly members of a Facebook page where sexually violent content was posted will no longer attend classes with the rest of their classmates. University president Richard Florizone says the Halifax school is also launching an external investigation of the faculty of dentistry that will include a report that will...

Dalhousie University announces more penalties in Facebook dentistry scandal

HALIFAX — Dalhousie University says the 13 dentistry students who were allegedly members of a Facebook page where sexually violent content was posted will no longer attend classes with the rest of their classmates. University president Richard Florizone says the Halifax school is also launching an external investigation of the faculty of dentistry that will include a report that will...

NDP veteran Yvon Godin won’t seek re-election in his N.B. seat

OTTAWA — Veteran New Democrat MP Yvon Godin says he won't run in this year's federal election. Godin, who has represented the New Brunswick riding of Acadie-Bathurst since 1997, says it is time to go after 17 years. The former labour organizer joins a growing list of New Democrats who are calling it quits, including deputy party leader Libby Davies. Other departing...

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